I have been a conservative for as long as I can remember. It makes sense to me, all the experiences I have had in life confirm that conservative policies are the best for society. I know that I was raised conservative, though, and so I have tried to be fair in deciding that it really is best. I’ve tried doing research by reading books on various political topics by authors with different perspectives. Basically, I don’t think it is fair to say, “I disagree with the liberal perspective” or “My perspective is better” without really knowing and understanding what the liberal perspective is. It seems to me like someone who has never been to Chicago declaring that it’s a horrible city because everything they have ever read about it has been bad. As a conservative I have naturally gravitated toward conservative literature, because it is easy to read things you agree with. I decided to read some more liberal literature so I could know that I really agreed with the policies I believed in, not that it was something I had been ‘brainwashed’ into agreeing with. I wanted to understand why liberals believe what they do; even if I still didn’t agree, I wanted to be able to say, “I can see why they believe that.”
Unfortunately, I have had trouble finding good liberal literature. The main problem has been that the few books I have read focus on bashing the other side. Which is like proving Chicago is better than New York by telling everyone how terrible New York is. Maybe that would be sufficient to persuade you, but I would rather hear what is good about Chicago. Two of the books I read simply listed all the lies and hypocrisies of Republican politicians. It is an interesting tactic, but I believe you know as well as I do that there are politicians in both parties who lie and steal, pander to their special interest groups and make decisions based on furthering their own career and power rather than making decisions based on what is best for this country. I just don’t think that is an effective way to choose your political affiliation; I’m sure we could spend our entire lives listing all the lies Republican politicians have told and all the lies the Democratic politicians have told, and we would still know nothing about which party has better policies for the country. There are also many pro-liberal policy groups that just assume the position is correct, so they don’t make any attempt to explain why or back it up. I keep looking for someone to explain why liberal policies are better for the country, but I have had trouble finding it.
I’m not just blaming the liberals. I know that many conservative authors do the same thing. Ann Coulter makes a living making fun of liberals and liberal policies. Even as one of the leading Conservative authors, she doesn’t do much in her books to explain conservative principles and why she supports them. Unfortunately, it is hard to find books that go through the various topics Conservatives and Liberals disagree on, with examples and detailed explanations as to why one perspective is better than another. I have asked Liberals I know why they believe the things they do, and received vague or no responses.
So, I wanted to write a book that positively enforced my position. To explain that there are good reasons why Conservatives believe the things they do. And to dispel common assumptions, like; conservatives are rich, and are simply conservative because they want to keep their money and keep the poor people poor, conservatives are racists, bigots, hate the working class, love war, hate the Earth, gay people and animals, cling to their Bibles, are Nazis wanting to force their morals on everyone else and are conspiracy theorists. I wanted to write a book that looked at the actual policies. I wanted to dispel myths that republicans just believe what they are brainwashed to believe, with no basis for it. I wanted to go through and use life experiences to show why I think liberal policies don’t work. I want to show why I think conservatives hold the more compassionate view, with the policies that will actually do the most to help the most people.